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Truck To Use!?

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by mcmillanlawncare, Jan 27, 2007.

  1. mcmillanlawncare

    mcmillanlawncare LawnSite Member
    Posts: 45

    i researching some used trucks

    1995-Dodge RAM
    1996-FORD F150

    couple others but i think there to small to handle pulling a trailer with mowers on them. or even an enclosed trailer.

    Does anyone use a dodge ram?
  2. RedMax Man

    RedMax Man LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,053

    Do you have the specs. on the trucks? engine size, model, etc. What will you be pulling?
  3. kansas_turf_man

    kansas_turf_man LawnSite Member
    Posts: 7

    In my experience...I'd get a new truck a couple days of downtime on something without a warranty can kill. I run 3 New Ford f-550's for my landscaping business.
  4. Swampy

    Swampy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,435

    What size ram 1500, 2500, 3500?

    I personally have a 1500 2wd 94 Dodge 5.9L Magnum. Really no complaints about it. I pulled around my my Bro's 14ft Starcraft Speed boat with out a problem. I used her to couple of times to go pick up material's for some smaller jobs. Use her as a truck to haul tools and a shrub crew in 23 building condo project which is a lot easier driving around projects then a F450-550. (Plus our condo clientele is a older generation and really don't like the load noise of diesels flying around there homes.)

    Other than basic maintenance such as Tie Rods, ball joints, brakes, belts, tires, etc. The only parts that I needed to replace so far is a water pump, thermostat, alternator, Ignition coil, exhaust work (yeah no mufflers straight piped she sounds beautiful), MAP and Throttle Position sensor. At a 165K she's doing good.

    Bigger truck are nice but you always need that smaller truck.

    Nothing against ford but up here in WI with the road salt, factory paint doesn't hold up to well up here.
  5. lawnpro724

    lawnpro724 LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,201

    A half ton truck will do ok pulling mowers but if your going into a full service landscaping company I would recomend getting a 3/4 ton truck.
  6. Focal Point Landscapes

    Focal Point Landscapes LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 401

    I have a 97 1500 and a 98 3500 - the 1500 is a gasser and I love the truck - and it loves gas. It is ok for pulling an open trailer like a lawn maintenance rig with the normal equipment. But anything heavier than that is just too hard on the truck. That is why I bought the 1-ton - I will never have another half ton or anything that is not diesel . The difference is astounding . With the bigger truck I can pull the dingo trailer fully loaded and put two pallets of sod on the flatbed . The dingo trailer alone makes the bumper nearly touch the ground on the 1500 ( slight exaggeration ). I am a Dodge fan and always will be - but it is very important to have enough truck for your designated use , regardless of the brand .
  7. CoreyD

    CoreyD LawnSite Member
    Posts: 207

    Heck i use a 96 jeep cherokee with a 4.0 inline 6 and it'll pull my stepdads 28 ft pontoon boat 60 miles with no problems it weighs at least 1500 to 2000 lbs..... 6 cylinders arnt bad
  8. mcmillanlawncare

    mcmillanlawncare LawnSite Member
    Posts: 45

  9. LawnTamer

    LawnTamer LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,988

    Looks OK, it doesn't give very much info about the engine/drive train. It could be the 5.2 or the 5.9 I believe, I'm not really a Dodge man.
  10. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 21,653

    I'd look long and hard to see if you can find a 3/4 ton series (250 / 2500).

    Some of the guys insist on full tons (350 / 3500's) or bigger, and even thou I don't think you need that much, I can sure see where they're coming from.

    They cost more but the gears are spaced closer together, so it has more torque and that's less wear on the clutch / transmission bands.
    Plus everything's more heavy duty, the brake pads and rotors are bigger, et.al...

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